InFocus IN82 DLP Projector Review - InFocus IN82 Review


Before we give in to the growing temptation to just settle down in front of a few movies with the IN82, we’re happy to report that it really is a fearsomely well-specified beast for a £3,000 full-HD DLP projector. Obviously that full-HD resolution is itself a big story, but it’s also backed up by 1080p/24fps compatibility, and a very high claimed contrast ratio of 12,000:1, delivered from a Texas Instruments DarkChip 3 chipset. You also get built-in DNX 10-bit video processing from PixelWorks – a system that’s delivered some strikingly good results in the past.

The DLP colour wheel inside the IN82, meanwhile, is a seven-segment affair utilising a proprietary auto-calibrating system, and so should hopefully throw up precious little evidence of DLP’s common ‘rainbow effect’ and motion noise problems.

The onscreen menus contain a cornucopia of tweaks you can play with, including black level calibration, skin tone calibration, colour gamut adjustment, and even Texas Instruments’ Brilliant Colour system for producing better-saturated and more naturally toned colours.

With an extremely bright 1,500 ANSI Lumens of lamp output available too, the IN82 reads on paper like a projector in the £5k plus rather than £3k price bracket.

A couple of these uniformly impressive specifications do need a little qualification, though. First, the Brilliant Colour system is only the software implementation; the IN82 doesn’t go the whole Brilliant Colour hog and also provide an RGBYMC colour wheel.

Second, the 12,000:1 contrast ratio figure isn’t a totally ‘native’ one, since you only achieve the best figure if you also ramp down the projector’s brightness using the 12 different lamp output settings provided. The idea is that people with completely blacked out rooms can sacrifice a little brightness for contrast while people with ambient light in their rooms will need to retain more brightness.

The upshot of this system obviously means you can’t enjoy the IN82’s deepest black levels and highest brightness output simultaneously. But this ‘trading off’ practice is common in the projection world, and is generally considered a good thing except for where automatic contrast adjustment projectors change brightness levels too aggressively. This potential flaw will not trouble the IN82, though, since you can only select the IN82’s iris setting manually.

In fact, so far as we could tell during our very enjoyable time with the IN82, it suffers from remarkably few flaws of any kind.

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